Dec 5, 2013 10:00am PST
federal employees and their pay and defense contractors and whoever else might be impacted. it is a big debate. is there a consensus? no. i think hopefully we'll get one in the next few months as we start to understand it greater. >> there is a possible deal we're all hearing about between patty murray and paul ryan to stop the next tranche of the sequester from kicking in in january. that may be announced early next week. i wanted to ask you about the minimum wage. the age old debate. republicans on the hill say if you raise minimum wage you depress hiring and businesses hire. if you look at the numbers and the protesters we see around the country today, if you cross out that minimum wage, that's basically people making $15,000 a year, if they are working full time, a 40-hour week. you can't live on that in this country, especially not with kids. >> it's a difficult debate, there's two sides to the story. in high school i had three jobs. i worked at wendy's, chinese restaurant, some place called captain d's, a long john silver's knockout hoff. sorry if they are offended about that.
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am PST
president obama is moving from offense to defense, trying to drive home the benefits of his health care plan despite its faulty rollout. it's a message he's going to be repeating every day between now and his anticipated holiday break. to the delight of nervous house democrats facing re-election next year. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, and nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. take it away, you guys. let's talk about what the president is trying to do. peter, you first. >> andrea, between your voice, my leaf blower, and what chris has, this could be an interesting next couple minutes. we're going to do our best to get through it. you heard the focus speaking a short time ago. the focus of his remarks less specific to health care than they were to economic opportunities for all americans right now. the white house and this president believes there's a connection between health care security and between economic security as well for americans. a short time from now, about an hour from now, the president is going to be hosting a youth summit event taking place
Dec 6, 2013 10:00am PST
on stage before him were senior officers, generals, admirals, south african defense force as a guard of honor. stared, my god, look at this. turning over the power of the state, the force of the state is now in the hands of the new president who happens to be black. these officers are showing their allegiance to him, their trust in him, and they will obey him as president and commander in chief. it was remarkable. to think that something like that could have happened just a few years earlier was unthinkable but it did happen. he served as president. a little like washington, george washington, he would not serve. he had another term even though pleaded with to do so. he done his peace and that was time for new leader to take over and keep the process moving forward. >> which was another key factor in the evolution of south africa. >> what an example that was to other leaders in south africa and other parts of the world. you're not supposed to hang around forever and milk it forever. if you truly believe in freedom of democracy then you have to leave at some point and just step
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
. >> susan, in the president's defense, shouldn't he be able to expect the experts at hhs and various agencies working on this had it under control since they were being asked on a daily basis, do you have it under control? >> certainly there are people below the president who bear responsibility for the catastrophic rollout of the affordable care act and website. in the end he's the president. you know, the buck stops with him. it's really his management responsibility to have made sure that was working. one of the frustrating things for supporters of this law is that these were foreseeable difficulties. if the system had been working some time ago, they would have recognized some of the problems and addressed them before they were laid bear for the whole world to see. >> i want to ask both of you about education initiative, the studies out today, every three years global testing of teenagers, 15 years old. what we found, for all the money spent by bush administration and before this the obama administration, race to the top, all of the advancements we've been expecting, that america